(a) (1) A person commits the offense of criminal simulation who, with intent to defraud or harm another:

(A) Makes or alters an object, in whole or in part, so that it appears to have value because of age, antiquity, rarity, source or authorship that it does not have;

(B) Possesses an object so made or altered, with intent to sell, pass or otherwise utter it; or

(C) Authenticates or certifies an object so made or altered as genuine or as different from what it is.

(2) A person commits the offense of criminal simulation who, with knowledge of its character, possesses:

(A) Any machinery, plates or other contrivances designed to produce instruments reporting to be credit or debit cards of an issuer who had not consented to the preparation of the cards; or

(B) Any instrument, apparatus or contrivance designed, adapted or used for commission of any theft of property or services by fraudulent means.

(b) Criminal simulation is punishable as theft pursuant to § 39-14-105, but in no event shall criminal simulation be less than a Class E felony.

[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 2009, ch. 408, § 1.]